Rasmuson Foundation 2017 Annual Letter

Explore Our 2017 Grantmaking

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2017 Grantsat a Glance
$20.5 MillionIn Awards
250+Awarded Directly
200+Awarded through partners

Our grants fund a wide range of projects

We awarded more than 250 grants in 2017 to nonprofit organizations, city and tribal governments, and individual artists. Of those, 176 were what we consider small grants, our Tier 1s, at amounts up to $25,000. The range of capital projects included greenhouses in Ester and a trail in Chugach State Park, a sawmill in Eagle and totem carving in Yakutat, a renovated bell tower in King Cove and snow removal equipment for a Kenai Peninsula senior center.

Our larger grants, Tier 2s, are awards of more than $25,000 — often significantly more — for buildings and other infrastructure. In 2017, we awarded 33 Tier 2 grants that included $250,000 to remove a dam and restore salmon habitat on the Eklutna River, $500,000 for a health clinic in Circle, and $452,000 to update technology at Ilisaġvik College in Utqiaġvik. One of our biggest initiatives last year, in a nationally recognized partnership with Alaska Housing Finance Corp., awarded $1 million for rural housing serving teachers, health workers and public safety officers.

We ran two programs ourselves: Individual Artist Awards, which recognized 35 artists in 2017, and our Sabbatical Program, with six recipients last year.

We also turned to partner organizations — Museums Alaska, the Alaska State Arts Council, and The Alaska Community Foundation — to manage some grants programs. They awarded about 200 additional grants last year, for art purchases, management of art collections, arts in education, touring performances, and efforts to strengthen nonprofits.

Rasmuson Foundationat a Glance
$704 MillionTotal Assets as of December 31, 2017
$380 MillionTotal Investments in Alaska since 1955

Grants and initiatives by program area